Top 10 Best Palo Alto County Public Schools (2022-23)

For the 2022-23 school year, there are 10 public schools serving 1,517 students in Palo Alto County, IA (there are 1 private school, serving 125 private students). 92% of all K-12 students in Palo Alto County, IA are educated in public schools compared to the IA state average of 92%. Palo Alto County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Iowa.
The top ranked public schools in Palo Alto County, IA are West Bend-mallard Elementary School, Emmetsburg High School and West Bend-mallard Middle School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Palo Alto County, IA public schools have an average math proficiency score of 60% (versus the Iowa public school average of 70%), and reading proficiency score of 64% (versus the 68% statewide average). Schools in Palo Alto County have an average ranking of 2/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Iowa public schools.
Minority enrollment is 10% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Iowa public school average of 26% (majority Hispanic).

Best Palo Alto County Public Schools (2022-23)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
West Bend-mallard Elementary School
Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
300 3rd Ave Sw
Mallard, IA 50562
(515) 887-7821
Grades: PK-4
| 149 students
Rank: #22.
Emmetsburg High School
Math: 70-74% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
205 King St
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
(712) 852-2966
Grades: 9-12
| 279 students
Rank: #33.
West Bend-mallard Middle School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
300 3rd Ave. Sw
West Bend, IA 50597
(515) 887-7831
Grades: 5-8
| 98 students
Rank: #44.
West Elementary School
Math: 60-64% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
602 Call St
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
(712) 852-4485
Grades: PK-4
| 285 students
Rank: #55.
Ruthven-ayrshire High School
Math: 60-69% | Reading: 60-69%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1505 Washington St
Ruthven, IA 51358
(712) 837-5212
Grades: 7-12
| 79 students
Rank: #66.
West Bend-mallard High School
Math: 40-59% | Reading: 60-79%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
300 3rd Ave Sw
West Bend, IA 50597
(515) 887-7831
Grades: 9-12
| 113 students
Rank: #77.
Emmetsburg Middle School
Math: 59% | Reading: 58%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
205 King Street
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
(712) 852-2892
Grades: 5-8
| 200 students
Rank: #88.
Ruthven-ayrshire Elementary School
Math: 40-49% | Reading: 50-59%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1505 Washington St
Ruthven, IA 51358
(712) 837-5211
Grades: PK-6
| 103 students
Rank: #99.
Graettinger-terril High School
Math: 40-59% | Reading: 40-59%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
400 W Lost Island St
Graettinger, IA 51342
(712) 859-3286
Grades: 9-12
| 131 students
Rank: #1010.
Graettinger-terril Middle School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
400 W. Lost Island St.
Graettinger, IA 51342
(712) 859-3286
Grades: 6-8
| 80 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Palo Alto County, IA

Palo Alto County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
Po Box 58
Graettinger, IA 51342
(712) 859-3286
Grades: 6-8
| 54 students
300 3rd Ave Sw
West Bend, IA 50597
(515) 887-7821
Grades: PK-2
| 73 students

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